Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales

Gareth’s Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales – Issue #122:

Adam Savage on Retirement and Idea-Vulnerability:
In a recent Q&A, Adam Savage was asked if he shares his project ideas with family and friends. His sincere answer touches on the vulnerability of an idea and how you want to be careful with whom you entrust those ideas to. His answer reminded me a little bit of Stephen King who was asked about whether he shares his work-in-progress books with anyone. His answer is no, NEVER, because of the vulnerability of the idea. King doesn’t let anyone read a word until he’s finished. His first reader is always his wife, Tabitha, because he knows she knows about idea-vulnerability. King says to have one reader, someone who understands what you’re doing and knows how to navigate the precarious nature of your creative process. Similarly, Adam suggests figuring out who the people are who you can talk to “safely” and only share your ideas with them.
I love this tip:
From the latest issue of Family Handyman comes this idea for using cheap translucent toothbrush travel cases to store bits, blades, and other small tools and components.
And then there is pure genius:
Maker’s Muse
Think of the thing that's so obvious that no one is going there. Go there.

Think of the thing that’s so obvious that no one is going there. Go there.
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